Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – Highlands, NJ – After 10 hours of hard-fought racing, Vasser Sullivan driver Frankie Montecalvo finished P3 at Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The race saw more than three hours of caution periods, which meant Montecalvo and his co-drivers Zach Veach and Robert Megennis had their work cut out for them avoiding the mayhem. Montecalvo was involved in one of the incidents when a car coming out of pitlane on cold tires hit him from behind. Thankfully the contact only caused a puncture and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 was able to continue to fight for a podium.
“It was great to get back to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Petit this busy with fans and spectators, so it was awesome to be back and able to put on a show for them,” said Montecalvo.
“The race itself was pretty crazy. I took the green flag from fourth in class, and we had a clean start. I did three stints to start off the 10-hour race and worked my way up to third before handing the car over to Robert.”
“Right before I came into the pits for our third pit stop, I was hit by a car coming out of the pits on cold tires. He slid right into the back of me, throwing me off track and ultimately giving me a puncture. I had to come into the pits a few laps earlier than we had planned because of the contact and puncture.”
“I was concerned that we had more damage than just the puncture, but Robert got in and said the car felt great and started clicking off some fast laps. Zach took over from Robert and got us into the top three for a while before handing the car back over to me in fourth.”
“I did my final stint and passed a Mercedes to get us back into third before giving the car back to Zach for the end of the race. Zach drove a phenomenal last two stints and was able to hold off the competition from behind and brought our Lexus home in P3.”
“It’s nice to end a tough year on a high note with a podium finish at Petit Le Mans for the Vasser Sullivan team, especially after our sister car, who was also running a strong race, was collected in a massive incident ahead of a restart halfway through the race.”
“I can’t thank the Vasser Sullivan team and Lexus Racing enough for all of the hard work and support throughout the year. We had some unlucky weekends over the 2021 season, but we also had some phenomenal weekends, and finishing P3 at Petit Le Mans for the final race of the 2021 season definitely falls into the latter category.”
“I’m looking forward to some time back at home with my family, and I plan to announce my 2022 racing plans in the coming weeks.”
Frankie will announce his 2022 racing plans in a few weeks time, so be sure to follow Frankie on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of his exciting racing news.
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